Cypress Mountain-Canada


Cypress Mountain: The One With all the Fun!


Vancouver has these amazingly beautiful North Shore Mountains and it is here that the Cypress Mountain Ski Area is located. It is just about 30 minutes of a drive away from the city, Vancouver’s central parts.

Cypress Mountain Ski Area particularly came in the limelight during the Vancouver Winter Olympics of 2010.  The region had played host to Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding events during the Olympics. Along with this major historic event, this powder destination has also been playing host to the Paralympics Games.



When it comes to Cypress Mountain Ski Area it comprises of the Mount Strachan and Black Mountain along with the Hollybum Mountain. The region in total offers about 600 acres of some of the most well groomed skiable terrain. The region receives about 244 inches of the best snow in the world.

Quick Facts and Figures

  • Elevation: The levels of elevation at the Cypress Mountain Ski Area ranges between 3,011 feet (of the base) and 4,750 feet (of the summit).
  • Trails: The various trails of the Cypress Mountain Ski Area can be divided into the following –
    • Beginners: 20%
    • Intermediate: 35%
    • Advanced: 37%
    • Expert: 8%
  • Lifts: There is a total of 6 lifts at the Cypress Mountain Ski Area.
  • Vertical Drop: The vertical drop generated at this ski area is at 2,001 feet.
  • Runs: There is a total of 54 runs at the ski area and the longest of them is 2 miles in length.
  • Terrain Parks: There are 4 terrain parks at Cypress Mountain Ski Area.
  • Night Skiing: The Cypress Mountain Ski Area has night skiing capacities and an area of about 66 acres is dedicated for this purpose.
  • Area: The total skiable terrain at Cypress Mountain Ski Area is about 600 acres.
  • Snowmaking: The Cypress Mountain Ski Area has an area of 82 acres dedicated for snowmaking purposes.

Hours of Operation


Cypress Mountain Statistics


Mt. Strachan – 1440 meters (4720 feet)

Black Mountain – 1200 meters (3940 feet)

Hollyburn Mountain – 1326 meters (4350 feet)

Cypress Creek Lodge – 910 meters (2990 feet)

The Lions – 1646 meters (5400 feet)


During any given typical season the Cyprus Mountain Resort area begins its season by the mid of November and it then goes on till abut mid of April.

Following is a sketch of the usual working hours of the various official and non-official apparatuses of the ski area –

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

  • Opening Day to December 14th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • December 15th to December 23rd: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • December 24th and December 25th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • December 26th to December 30th: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • December 31st and January 1st: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • January 2nd to March 26th: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • March 27th to the Season End: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cross Country Ski Trails

  • Opening Day to December 14th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • December 15th to December 23rd: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • December 24th and December 25th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • December 26th to March 26th: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • March 27th to the Seasons End: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Snowshoe Trails

  • Opening Day to January 15th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • January 16th to January 31st: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • February 1st to February 15th: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • February 16th to February 28th: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • March 1st to March 11th: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • March 12th to March 26th: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • March 27th to the Season End: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Snow Tube Park (December 16 to February 28)

  • Monday to Thursday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • December 24 and December 25: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Brief Background


The historical background of Cypress Mountain Ski Area can be dated back to the latter half of the 1800s and if one were to precisely locate the exact year then 1870 would be the year. Back in the day, the first logging road was introduced for the first time. This road leads straight through the dense forest which is today known as the Hollybum Mountain.

As the new century approached the Vancouver Mountaineering Club gave its ascent to the Hollybum Park. Then in the year 1912, a certain Botanist by the name of James Davidson christened the mountain as the Hollyburn Mountain while he was conducting a survey. If you wish to know, the original name of it is Mount Vaughen.

In less than a decade, numerous developments were initiated and the mountain became quite approachable by the construction of first a bridge. With all the necessities in place, the Hollyburn Ski Camp was launched on the 16th of January, 1927. Thereon the next two decades were quite fantastic for the region. It is here that skiing and ski jumping sporting events were organized. As the popularity increased by manifolds lodges and spaces for day boarding were constructed.

The Cypress Mountain Ski Area installed its first park during the 1970s and thereon modern lifts kept on being introduced and replaced till about the late 1990s. It also became the first skiing resort in British Columbia to have allowed snowboarding on the 15th of March, 1987.

The 1990s saw the introduction of the major double chair lifts and the latest in the line was installed in the year 2007. Today there are nearly 6 chair lifts and they can be listed as –

  1. Lions Express Quad Chair: It is about 1050 meters in length and generates about 360 meters of vertical height. It is a High-Speed Quad by design and can cover the entire distance in about 4 minutes. It is located on Mt. Strachan and was installed in the year2007.
  2. Eagle Express Quad Chair: It is about 850 meters in length and generates about 285 meters of vertical height. It is a High-Speed Quad by design and can cover the entire distance in about4 minutes and is located on the Black Mountain. It was installed in the year 2001.
  3. Raven Ridge Quad: It is about 900 meters in length and can cover a distance of about 356 meters. It is a Quad Chairlift by design and can cover the entire distance in about 8 minutes of time. It is also located on the Black Mountain and was installed in the year 2007.
  4. Easy Rider Quad: It is again a Quad Chair Lift which is about 310 meters in length. It can cover this entire distance in about 3 minutes of time. This quad chair is located on the Mount Strachan and was installed in the year 2001.
  5. Sky Chair: It is about 555 meters in length and is a Double Chairlift by design. It can cover this entire distance in just about 4 minutes and is located on Mount Strachan.
  6. Midway Chair: This Double Chair lift is about 460 meters in length and this entire distance can be covered in 4 minutes. It is located on Mount Strachan and was installed here in the year1990.

Dining Facilities

  • The Cypress Creek Grill: It is a one of a kind eatery which is situated on the second level of the Cypress Creek Lodge. Here you will find some of the most delicious and hand crafted juicy pizzas, grilled burgers, soups and chillies. You will also find a brilliant selection of beers and wine.
  • Gold Medal Café: This café came into existence in the honor of exceptional performance of the Canadian athletes during the 2010 Winter Olympics. It is situated on the first level of the Cypress Creek Lodge which is further right across the Big Bear Sports.
  • Crazy Raven Bar & Grill: This eatery offers not only great food but also a fantastic scenic view. You will have a great many varieties and regional delicacies to choose from. One of their burgers – the Wild Pacific Cod and Chips is probably the most popular item on their menu. Here you will also find a full selection of beer and wine.
  • The Nordic Café: It is just about a minute away from the Tube Park and is located right at the entrance of the Nordic trials. You can come here for some quick food items such as hot dogs, chilli, soups, bagels along with an assortment of baked items. They provide quick service too.

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